The University's Degrees and Other Awards Statute stipulates that you must graduate within 12 months of completing your qualification. For example, if you complete your qualification at the end of the second semester (i.e. in November), you will graduate in December of the same year, or in May or August of the following year.
You may be able to defer your graduation beyond this point. Permission to defer graduation is usually only granted to allow you to complete a second qualification so you can have both awarded at the same ceremony.
If you don't apply to graduate within twelve months of completing your qualification, or haven't been granted permission to defer, you will automatically have your qualification awarded in absentia. You will then need to contact the Graduation office to arrange for your certificate to be sent to you.